AFGHANISTAN STUDENTS’ MOTIVATIONAL DISPOSITIONS IN LEARNING ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE IN MALAYSIA

Noor Ahnis Othman, Mohammad Radzi Manap, Nor Fazlin Mohd Ramli, Aini Akmar Mohd Kassim

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This aim of this study is to investigate the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations among the multidisciplinary Afghanistan postgraduate students in learning English as a foreign language. As postgraduate students sponsored by UNESCO, they are to complete their postgraduate studies in several faculties like Applied Sciences and Pharmacy in Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). Thirty-one postgraduate Afghanistan students responded the google form questionnaire. The questionnaire was adapted from Gardner’s Attitudes/Motivation Test Battery (AMTB). The results revealed that the students are extrinsically motivated rather than intrinsically motivated. The results also reflect that they are motivated by the teacher’s personality and pedagogy. There is no difference among the male and female postgraduate Afghan students as far as extrinsic and intrinsic motivations are concerned. Hence, the teaching style and classroom activities are the major motivational factors in learning English. Intrinsically, they also do not believe that knowing English would be able to make them a better person. The results of the present study have echoed previous research studies that highlight the importance of further investigation in extrinsic and intrinsic motivations in Foreign Language Acquisition.

 

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